Suns rookie forward Josh Jackson tallied a game-high 28 points and center Alex Len came off the bench to record 17 points and 15 rebounds as Phoenix ended a 15-game losing streak by beating the Kings 97-94 on Tuesday at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The losing streak was the longest in franchise history for the Suns (20-59).
Bogdan Bogdanovic and Justin Jackson each missed a 3-pointer in the final seven seconds that could have tied the game after the Kings trailed by as many as 14 points.
Bogdanovic led the Kings (25-54) with 22 points. Jackson had 19 points, eight rebounds and a matched his career high with four assists. Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.
Here at three takeaways from the game:
Tough shooting at the point
With two rookies as point guards, there will be nights where production will be hard to come by. On Tuesday, De'Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III struggled to with their shooting.
Fox shot 3 for 14, but grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to go with 14 points and five assists in 38 minutes.
Mason was 0 for 5 and finished with two points, two rebounds and an assist in 13 minutes.
The bench won't be the same
Sacramento's second unit has been a major source of the offense most of the season. But with new players seeing more time and veterans being held out, the reserves will not have the same impact.
Buddy Hield had his first bad offensive night in awhile (10 points, 4-of-11 shooting) and there was no one to pick up the scoring slack from the bench.
No big substitute
The Kings played one true center Tuesday, starter Willie Cauley-Stein. Nigel Hayes, a 6-foot-8 forward signed on Saturday, was the backup center.
Skal Labissiere (sprained left ankle) missed the game.
Some of those backup center minutes might have gone to Jack Cooley, but he was with the Reno Bighorns for their G League playoff game.
Cooley had 21 points and 12 rebounds in Reno's 126-109 loss to the South Bay Lakers, so he should be back in time for Friday's game in Memphis.
With the lack of size, it was no surprise Len and Marquese Chriss (13 rebounds) had good games crashing the glass.